Updated: Mar 10
Trump is fulfilling a prophecy.
Evangelicalism, or Christian Zionism, is a major religious party of the Protestant church that emerged in the 18th century in Europe and the United States. In short, it is a "movement" which holds a strict belief in the existence of the "pure Christian state," on the basis of the superiority of the Biblical text and the Christian doctrine. In addition, Evangelists believe in the second coming of Jesus Christ and paves the way for his return.
Christian Zionism, as its name suggests, is one of the biggest supporters of the state of Israel in the United States. Why? Because the existence of a Jewish state is a prophecy that foreshadows the return of Jesus.
People tend to think of Evangelicalism as simply a religious group with stricter notions about Christianity and faith. However, this particular group has an agenda, which is tightly entrenched in U.S. politics. President Donald Trump is an Evangelical and is unsurprisingly surrounded by Evangelicals in the White House, whose sole purpose is ensuring the continuation and fulfillment of the Evangelical prophecy.
If we look at Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, it leaves no doubt that Trump is a loyal evangelical, who has continuously emphasized his Christian beliefs, his capitalistic lifestyle, and, deceivingly, democracy—and perhaps even the dreariest of all—the superiority of white.
The biggest terrorist in the world today isn't ISIS. It isn't the Taliban, it isn't al-Qaeda. The biggest terrorist in the world today (and even since the bygone 3 centuries) is the United States of America without a shadow of a doubt. And if we were to count the numbers of casualties, fatalities, usurped lands, stolen resources, destroyed hopes and dreams, we won't be able to contain these even in the longest war bill.
The U.S. is the number-one instigator of wars in the Middle East and has been toying around with South American developing countries since its foundation. It fought against Mexico in 1846 and looked to buy Cuba from Spain as a "slave state" in 1854, in what was known as the Ostend Manifesto. This, in addition to the conflicts and wars that were tied in between the two Americas, led to the Civil War.
The world faced WWI and shortly afterward WWII, a timeframe in which the United States took it upon itself to rise as a hegemon in the political and military arena, with a direct sphere of influence on developing countries. Therefore, the USA was at liberty to "save" the doomed states of the world - like Iraq - and introduce them to the peace of democracy at the outset of the 21st century.
Democracy, mind you, is still not a thing in the United States itself. While promoting democracy to "undemocratic" states around the world, America still has a strong presence of racial discrimination against African Americans and other minorities and suffers from several social issues - which have ignited the flame of protests after the death of Geroge Floyd.
Trump's Political Journey
Donald Trump started his political journey in 1987. Before that, he was a famous businessman who inherited his father's empire, and - unsurprisingly - a TV laughingstock. He registered as a Republican in 1987, and transferred twice - once to the Reform Party and once to the Democratic Party - but eventually settled back to the Republicans.
Trump tried to run for president in 2000 as a representative of the Reform Party, but his attempt was futile and his chances were slim, so he withdrew from the race. He simply did not have a chance against George Bush. In 2004, he mused the idea of running again but did not take the step forward. In 2008, however, he endorsed John McCain - the losing candidate against Barack Obama.
In 2011, when Obama had completed three years at the White House, Trump was invited to the WHCA annual dinner at the White House, which hosts all White House correspondents. At the dinner, Obama made fun of Trump, who was a host of The Celebrity Apprentice for a full five minutes, with a grim set on Trump's face.
Five years passed. Trump won the presidential elections after 8 years of Barack Obama. Some people argue that the dinner night was the turning point in Trump's life - it was at that moment that he had decided to run for president. And despite the fact that Trump has refuted the allegation, it is clear - what with his lack of political nimbleness and social intelligence - that he did not run to "make America great."
The New York Times reports that Trump ran for president to avenge himself and his laughable character - to reclaim his reputation and presence. He was, after all, a TV fool and a comical character who was never taken seriously.
In the past two decades, the image of "political Islam" was desecrated, what with the rise of Islamic politicization in several Arab states, prominently in Egypt. The idea of "state and church" (or "state and mosque") was defined as a cancerous concept. Seculars criticized the Islamic agenda for a functional state, alleging that Arabs and Muslims must follow suit and secularize politics.
But to denounce the interrelation of church and state in the United States is very unsubstantiated. Evangelicals believe in the literal meanings of the Bible, and believe that Christ will save humanity in his second coming, in which he will destroy the disbelievers and rule the earth.
Despite the small discrepancies and the doctrinal variety, evangelicals make up 6-40% of all American Christians. 81% of them, per USA elections statistics in 2016, voted for Trump (source: Wikipedia). If we do a simple math equation, we find that 35% of American Christians (85,000,000) are evangelicals, who believe in the idea of "Christian America" - a completely religious state, where the Bible is considered an agenda, a strategy book, and a roadmap.
Some people think that Zionism is pertinent to Jewish people only, because it describes the attainment of "home" for Jews. However, 80% of evangelicals believe in the idea of the "gathering of Israel," and believe that it is a condition for Christ to return. Christian Zionism is also one of the biggest supporters of Israel in the United States.
Trump may not have external Christian looks. He may not wear a cross or have his picture taken reciting the Bible or walking to church. But he rules with the Bible and uses it as a visionary roadmap that progresses the prophecies, one after the other, announcing and preparing the return of Christ.
Say otherwise, but his foreign policy is proof of that.
The surprising thing is that secular activists have rallied against Erdoğan and Muhammad Morsi because they tried to "Islamicize" politics or "politicize" Islam. They call him a terroristic, fanatical Caliph who suppresses rights and supports terrorism. But never did we hear a thing about American policy and the influence Christian Zionism has on the foreign policy in the White House.
In short, white, conservative Americans, who are often described as backward, stupid, and hardheaded, are free to promote a religious state that is based on racial discrimination and white supremacy. Muslims, on the other hand, cannot.
Translated from Arabic. Read the original text here.
Inspired by a video by Vox on the same subject.